Senate delays vote on spill bill

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The Senate still has a few things to do before it goes on August recess. From the “spill bill” to Elena Kagan, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on what has become known as the ?spill bill.? Reid said Democrats were unable to get enough votes needed to pass legislation on offshore drilling before the August Recess. This is a blow to Democrats after efforts failed earlier in the year to pass comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation.A

Meanwhile, debate over Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination have been continuing and she will likely be confirmed.

The Senate is hoping to accomplish one more thing before the August recess, securing $16 billion in emergency money for state Medicaid programs and state workers. There will be votes on this today.

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